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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sammy is In. Is Justice Out?

Alito Is Confirmed for Supreme Court in 58-42 Vote
By David Stout
The New York Times
Tuesday 31 January 2006

"Washington - Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., who has been widely praised for his intellect and integrity but both admired and assailed for his conservative judicial philosophy, was confirmed today as the 110th justice in the history of the Supreme Court."

"The 58-to-42 vote in the Senate gives President Bush a political triumph just hours ahead of his televised State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The vote is also a triumph for the conservative movement, whose adherents have longed to tilt the balance of the court to the right.

"Admirers and critics have predicted that Samuel Alito will do just that. Legal scholars have described his jurisprudence as cautious, respectful of precedent - and solidly conservative. In contrast, the justice he will succeed, Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring, came to be widely regarded as a swing justice between the tribunal's liberal and conservative wings...

"Judge Alito's supporters have described him as a jurist who would not seek to undo the work of legislators and adopt his own agenda. His detractors say he has consistently sided with big government and big business, and that he does not believe a woman has a right to an abortion...

"But history shows that a justice's path cannot always be charted in advance.

Two of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Supreme Court nominees, Earl Warren and William J. Brennan Jr., turned out to be considerably more liberal than Eisenhower had envisioned or desired. And Justice David H. Souter, named to the court by the first President Bush, has likewise been a disappointment to latter-day conservatives."

One can always hope that Alito will prove to be more balanced than his record shows; that the weight of responsibility of being a Supreme Court Justice will temper some of his decisions. However, anyone who doubts that there is a clear and well thought out movement to the far right in this country must have corn flakes where their brains ought to be.

Americans had better wake up and smell the wiener schnitzel because things they are a changin'. Please don't come sniveling to me when they drag you out of your warm bed at 0300 and cart you off to the slammer because you did not toe the party line.

Kinja, the weblog guide


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